External hard drive and hard drive dock

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by HaruAoki, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. HaruAoki macrumors member


    Oct 14, 2014
    I have a 27 inch 2013 iMac and is starting to run out of hard dive space on the internal hard dive and looking into getting more space but was wondering on what you guys think I should get.

    I should first start of by saying what I use the computer for and that's mostly for editing videos on fcp and after effect and graphic design.

    What I was using the external hard dive or hard drive dock for is the hold video files and project files. Like running the Final Cut Pro project files off the external file.

    What external hard dive or hard drive dock would you recommend ? If posibal under $2000 if possibal.

    Thanks for reading this message and have a great day.
  2. styymy macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2014
    External Drive I use.

    I do graphic design and some final cut. I have two seagate 1TB slim external drives that I use for my files. I've been using for the past 8 months. These are portables so they need their own power supply. They are usb 3.0 and have performed flawlessly and work natively with Time Machine out of the box. Take a look here:

    I also use an external fantom green drive to backup my MacBook Pro retina here:
  3. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    There are lots of options out there so I'll just throw one out -

    consider a multi-drive Thunderbolt enclosure. Unless portability is primary, it may be a very good investment as some you might consider RAID and others a combo of RAID plus independent drives for back up.

    I don't recall but your model of iMac has Thunderbolt 1, if so, then (as example) the Areca 4 or 8 bay enclosures would be a good fit. I mention Areca because it is a great performer once properly set up.

    For your type of work, you may want to set up two drives in such an enclosure in a striped mode and leave the other two or more drives as single drives for back up. The striped drives offer speed for your work and volume.

    There are other makers if Areca is not to your liking but you should read up on both review and owner opinions for any issues with some makes and models.

    FYI Thunderbolt 2 enclosures cost more than TB 1 enclosures in general. For your needs a TB1 enclosure should be the target.

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